Alfred Russell (artist)

Alfred Russell (May 27, 1920 - September 22, 2007) was an player who was a believer of the prematurely New York moot of Abstract Expressionism. He exhibited in Paris and New York along following such with ease known painters as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko. Later in life, Russell, disillusioned subsequently abstraction, turned to symbolic painting, with inspiration from the classical world.

Russell, active in abstract circles in New York until 1953, was regularly included in the Whitney Annual as capably as being part of seven exhibits of Museum of Modern Art's "Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America". In New York he had three solo shows at the Peridot Gallery as well as monster in in front Abstract Expressionist action shows at the Sidney Janis Gallery, the Kootz Gallery and at the Galerie de France in Paris.

Russell tartly renounced radical abstraction in a Symposium upon the Human Figure in 1953. Thereafter, Russell painted mainly in classically and surrealistically symbolic styles that still showed fake of abstractionism. His last New York exhibit was at the Tatischeff Gallery in 1979 as his later play a role was rarely exhibited. In accessory to producing stylistically controversial work, after the 1950s, his latent anti-Semitism had become exposed and he had in intention of fact destroyed any chance for a continuing career outdoor of academia.

Russell studied at the Art Student's League and earned a master's degree at Columbia University. He after that studied printmaking at the Atelier 17 in both Paris and New York. Teaching at the M.F.A program at Brooklyn College from 1946 until 1976, when he retired, Russell influenced many younger artists in figurative painting including Gabriel Laderman.

He is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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